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  • Dispute Resolution Working Group membership expression of interest

    Criteria for Dispute Resolution Working Group membership and how to nominate.

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    Key dates and actions

    The ATO is calling for expressions of interest to become members of the Dispute Resolution Working Group (DRWG).

    Closing date for expressions of interest: 10 June 2023.

    Provide expressions of interest by email to: link opens in a new window with the subject line 'EOI – DRWG Membership’

    Contact officer: Laura Banco, phone 02 9374 2520

    About the Dispute Resolution Working Group

    The DRWG provides stakeholders and senior ATO leaders with a forum to discuss and develop dispute resolution strategies that encourage disputing parties to resolve disputes promptly and avoid or minimise litigation. The group is focused on a broad range of disputes, including those through the pipeline from audit to litigation and complaints. The group provides an opportunity for strategic discussion to develop and improve the administration and operation of the taxation and superannuation system into the future, with particular focus on resolution and prevention of disputes.

    About membership

    Membership reflects the broader community with which the ATO seeks to consult and comprises representatives from different but relevant sectors of the community. Membership is at the discretion of the ATO Chair and is subject to the relevance of a stakeholder’s knowledge and expertise of the subject matter, and their potential to contribute to outcomes.

    Member expectations

    Members will actively contribute to the work of the group and abide by the ATO Consultation framework and Consultation principles.

    Attendance and participation at meetings

    • The DRWG aims to operate in an environment of transparency, however, members are not authorised to disclose information that was discussed or provided at a DRWG meeting which is declared confidential, or which they ought to reasonably know is confidential, without the prior written approval of the Chair.
    • Members respect the confidentiality of information provided by members where appropriate.

    Successful nominees may be required to complete an integrity declaration.

    Member commitments

    Members are appointed for 2 years. The time commitment required is a 3-hour attendance at a face-to-face (in Sydney or Melbourne) or virtual DRWG meetings 3 times per year, plus pre-reading.

    Meetings are usually held:

    • April
    • August
    • November

    Short, ad-hoc meetings may be conducted outside formal meeting times where appropriate, but attendance is not compulsory and is subject to your availability.

    Membership is expected to commence from 1 July 2023.


    Members will not be paid or reimbursed by the ATO for the cost of their time spent attending meetings or attending to related issues.

    Professional association members are required to meet their own costs of attendance at meetings.

    How to nominate

    Submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and a brief statement addressing the following key criteria:

    • capacity and commitment to attend meetings
    • experience relevant to the group

    More Information

    For more information, the contact officer for this process, Laura Banco is available by phone 02 9374 2520 or link opens in a new window.

    Last modified: 19 May 2023QC 72642